Friday, July 29, 2011

Poetry Friday - NOW

Now
by Regie Routman

What do you love to do?
Make time for it.
Work will be there
Always constant
But
Love is fleeting
So is a sunrise
The bloom of an iris
A walk in the park
A child's laughter
Time with a friend

What do you love to do?
Go do it, savor it
Now



How many times do you read a professional book and the last chapter is titled, Live a Full Life?  Earlier this week I reviewed Teaching Essentials by Regie Routman where you can find this last chapter and this poem.  I always look forward to vacations from school because I find time or make the time to enjoy and make my life fuller.  But, why do I wait for these breaks?  Regie has much wisdom on life in this small chapter.  I need to remember, "I am a more interesting person if I have stories to tell that are not just about school."  I hope to revisit this poem when I need nudging away from school to be a better person.

You can find Poetry Friday at Book Aunt, thanks Kate for hosting.

5 comments:

  1. Great reminder will you please post this again in January when I need another reminder.

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  2. Thanks for this poem. It's a wonderful call to attend the small, lovely, day to day things that feed us.

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  3. I love this Mandy! I'm going to be printing it out because as a new mom (one year old twin girls) I'm living with one foot in each world of home and school. I love being a mom, but I love being a teacher! I've read Reading Essentials and Writing Essentials. May just have to pick this one up too! Thanks for sharing on this poetry Friday!

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  4. Oh wow, this shall be my mantra for the coming semester. A wonderful poem to share as well with my teacher-students. Often, life here in Singapore is so fast-paced that one loses perspective and fails to remember the finer things in life. This poem is the perfect reminder. One of my favorites this Poetry Friday by far. =)

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  5. I love Regie Routman for many reasons--but one of them is that she is such a great advocate for and example of someone living a full life.

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